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You’ve probably heard that there are several foods and drinks you should avoid. For instance, how many times have you heard that you should stay away from sugar and soda? Conversely, how many times have you been told about the foods you should eat?

Naturally, there are foods that you need to keep your smile healthy—specifically for the vitamins and minerals in them. For example, bananas, potatoes, avocados, and eggs can provide you with Vitamin B. A vitamin B deficiency can lead to bad breath, canker sores, and trouble swallowing. Similarly, you’ll need vitamin C or you could have trouble fighting off infections. To make sure you are getting enough vitamin C, please remember to include foods like strawberries, kiwis, and peppers. Similarly, you’ll need vitamin D to keep your smile strong. To get vitamin D, remember to have dairy products in your diet—though sugar free products would be better. Also, drinking milk can be good for your smile because it will help you prevent tooth decay.

However, there are others foods and drinks you should include in your diet. For instance, if you eat apples you’ll increase your saliva flow, which will keep bad bacteria out of your mouth. Similarly, sugar-free gum, celery, and crisp vegetables can increase saliva flow. Unsweetened tea can also fight off bacteria, though sugar can negate the benefit. Finally, remember to drink enough water. Water will wash bacteria from your mouth and keep your smile clean between brushing.

If you are interested in learning more about how your diet can affect your smile, please feel free to contact Rita Frazier DDS Cosmetic & General Dentistry at 757-587-6399. Dr. Frazier, Dr. Berger, Dr. Salerno, and our team look forward to hearing from you.